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davidthegnome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 10:36 AM
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143. Really?
Edited on Mon May-02-11 10:38 AM by davidthegnome
"We seldom acknowledge the import of overpopulation, but Calhoun's research with rats has proven that when a critical level of overpopulation occurs, the outcome isn't pretty. With rats, abnormal sexual behavior, hyper-aggression, eating their young, and increased mortality are a few of the problems that occur. With humans,... well, isn't it past time we acknowledge that our species has passed a critical tipping point?"

That wasn't intended to suggest (even indirectly) that population control is necessary or a good idea? You are using a severely flawed analysis if you had a different point.

Calhoun's research with rats proves what, exactly, in regards to human beings? Nothing. Unless we've started eating our young? I see nothing wrong with abnormal sexual behavior (how did Calhoun define abnormal, by the way?), though hyper-aggression is indeed an issue among our species. What sort of critical tipping point are you referring to if not overpopulation? What would you suggest as a viable solution to the problem?

I have no issue with the rest of your post (aside from being off-topic, which of course, I'm making worse by replying...) but when I see an attempt to suggest that our problem is overpopulation or that it has reached a critical tipping point, it is difficult to see how you are suggesting anything other than that we reduce our population. This could be achieved through various means - and has everything to do with population control.

My reading comprehension skills are just fine. If I draw logical conclusions from your words (uh, sorry?), perhaps you could have been more specific.

(edited for typos)
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